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Children's Health

Collaboration focuses on protecting children across America from effects of toxic chemicals

With the generous support of the Jonas Family Foundation, in October 2016 EWG launched the Jonas Children’s Environmental Health Initiative, redoubling EWG’s decades’ long commitment to children’s environmental health with a bold new research agenda for 2017 and beyond.

The mounting evidence connecting children’s exposures to environmental contaminants and serious, life-altering health problems continues to grow, confirming that toxic chemicals in air, water and food are having adverse impacts on the well-being of our kids. Today, children may be exposed to a wide range of environmental hazards in schools and at home: lead, asbestos, PCBs, flame retardant chemicals, chemicals in cleaning products, pesticides, and various indoor and outdoor air pollutants. EWG has been on the forefront of the fight against these threats to children’s health, empowering parents and all citizens with information on how to avoid toxic exposures in everyday environments.

The partnership with the Jonas Family Fund complements EWG’s Healthy Child Healthy World program and will extend it further, by developing model safety standards for a number of pollutants that contaminate our air, water and land. The criteria for these limits will be based solely on health impacts, and will not be influenced by the interests of polluters who discharge these contaminants into the environment.

Through the Children’s Environmental Health Initiative, EWG will build on its established, game-changing research with new content and new communications strategies that will arm parents, politicians and concerned citizens with the tools and data necessary to protect current and future generations of children.

You can learn more by checking out some of our latest research below.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Choosing the right sunscreen from the hundreds of products lining store shelves can be daunting. EWG researchers came up with a list of 14 worst-scoring sunscreens for kids to avoid.

 

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Karen Malkin, a leading integrative health coach and lifestyle practitioner, has joined the EWG board of directors, further raising the group’s profile as the nation’s leading nonprofit research organization advancing the importance of healthy foods free from toxic chemicals.

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

In April, the city of Berkeley, Calif., won a major decision in a federal appeals court, allowing the city to go forward with its ordinance requiring cellphone retailers to provide consumers with information about safe cellphone use. The court denied a request by the the mobile phone industry's lobby, CTIA-The Wireless Association, which had fought the city’s attempts to educate its citizens.

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Monday, May 1, 2017

Only one week after his confirmation as secretary of agriculture, Sonny Perdue announced Monday that the Trump administration will roll back the health-protective nutrition standards for school meals championed by former First Lady Michelle Obama.

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Testimonies & Official Correspondence
Monday, April 17, 2017

The Environmental Working Group is surveying U.S. makers of personal care products to ask if they are working to remove 1,4-dioxane, a likely human carcinogen, from their products. According to EWG’s Skin Deep® database, at least 8,000 products on the market contain ethoxylated ingredients, which may be contaminated with the chemical.
 

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News Release
Thursday, April 13, 2017

The Environmental Working Group commends Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand for protecting Americans from exposure to a potentially toxic contaminant in personal care products.
 
 

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News Release
Monday, April 10, 2017

If you have small children in the house, are pregnant or are trying to conceive – or simply want to stay healthy – you are probably looking for ways to avoid toxic chemicals at home and outdoors. Harmful pollutants that can increase the risk of cancer and damage your developing child’s IQ can lurk in household dust, leach out of plastic containers and even contaminate tap water.

 

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

President Trump's plan to cut funding that helps states protect children from lead poisoning would save less money than the cost of his trips to Florida. It’s a callous proposal that again shows the administration's disregard for children's health, said EWG President Ken Cook.

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News Release
Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Last week Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt stuck to his long-standing practice of ignoring science, disregarding data that shows the pesticide chlorpyrifos could harm kids’ brains.

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Planet Trump
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Friday, March 31, 2017

Here’s some news you can use as you begin your weekend.

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Friday, March 31, 2017

Here are several of this past week’s deep dives on developments coming out of the Trump White House.

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

President Trump’s executive order gutting the Clean Power Plan shows his disregard for protecting public health and the environment, said EWG President Ken Cook.

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Testimonies & Official Correspondence
Monday, March 27, 2017

President Trump's rollback of the Clean Power Plan is not just a foolish failure of leadership on climate change, but another attack on public health that will trigger more asthma attacks among American children and cause more adults to die before their time, said EWG President Ken Cook.

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News Release
Wednesday, March 15, 2017

President Trump's plan to slash the budget of the Environmental Protection Agency by almost a third will cripple an already underfunded agency, endangering public health and the quality of Americans' drinking water and air, said EWG President Ken Cook.

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Testimonies & Official Correspondence
Wednesday, March 1, 2017

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, on any given day one in three American children – no matter their age, race or family income – eat fast food. Hamburgers, french fries, burritos, pizza and other fast food items are often served in paper wrappers or boxes coated with grease-repellent perfluorinated chemicals, or PFCs, that may harm children’s health.
 

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Friday, February 17, 2017

After today’s vote confirming Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt as Environmental Protection Agency administrator, a number of troubling questions remain as to his impartiality and his commitment to protecting the environment.

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Planet Trump
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Friday, February 17, 2017

The nation’s drinking water and air, safeguards against pesticides, and oversight of big polluters are at risk with the Senate's approval today of Scott Pruitt as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, despite unanswered questions about his relationship with the fossil fuel industry.

Photo courtesy of Gage Skidmore

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

An Oklahoma state judge today ordered Scott Pruitt, the state’s attorney general and President Trump’s nominee for EPA administrator, to release some 3,000 emails between his office and the fossil fuel industry, under a lawsuit filed by the Center for Media and Democracy. The judge gave the attorney general’s office until next Tuesday, Feb. 21, to comply with the order, lending urgency to the growing call for a postponement of the Senate’s vote on Pruitt’s confirmation, scheduled for Friday.

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Testimonies & Official Correspondence
Thursday, February 16, 2017

The Senate is poised to vote tomorrow to install the worst nominee for Environmental Protection Agency administrator in history: Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt. His record and statements disqualify him from being entrusted with protecting the nation’s drinking water, air and environment. On the eve of the vote, EWG urges senators to stop and think about what’s at stake.

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Testimonies & Official Correspondence
Friday, February 10, 2017

Here’s some news you can use as you begin your weekend.

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